Bay View holds off SRA’s comeback

Bay View holds off SRA’s comeback

St. Raphael Academy guard Elizabeth Bruno, shown getting ready to take a shot in last Wednesday night’s 49-44 loss to Bay View Academy, is one of five freshmen on this season’s team. On Monday night, Bruno scored 15 points to help lead the Saints to a 46-43 victory on the road over Cranston West. (Breeze photos by Kayla Panu)
Girls’ basketball team hosts Cumberland tonight

PAWTUCKET – Sometimes, in basketball, you feel like you can’t miss a shot, while other times, you can’t buy a basket.

That’s what happened to the St. Raphael Academy girls’ basketball team last Wednesday night as they fell to Bay View Academy, 49-44, in Division I-Central action at the Saints’ Alumni Hall. It was a tough, gritty game that came down to free throws, and while the Bengals made those shots count, the Saints had trouble.

And that wasn’t the only thing that hurt the Saints.

“We were just missing way too many layups, and getting ourselves in foul trouble doesn’t help,” SRA head coach Tammy Drape said. “But they’re young, so it’s only a good thing.”

Six nights earlier, the Saints suffered their worst loss of the season to the Bengals, a 67-41 defeat in the R.I. Holiday Classic at East Greenwich High. But after being down seven at the break, the Saints clawed their way back into the game in the second half.

Playing man-to-man defense, the Saints were in foul trouble for much of the game, as freshman standout Amaya Dowdy sat a lot of the first half. She was called for her third foul in the second half after the Bengals went up by 13, 33-20, and Dowdy soon picked up her fourth, but the Saints bravely battled back and tied the score by scoring 20 of the next 27 points.

Paige O’Brien was fouled and sunk both free throws to cut Bay View’s lead to 38-35 with 4:17 to play in the game, and after a travel violation by Bay View, Dowdy maneuvered her way to the basket and was fouled. She hit both free throws to make it a one-point game, 38-37, but she was then called on an offensive foul – her fifth – and was forced to exit the game.

Elizabeth Bruno later helped pick up the slack for the Saints by swishing a three-pointer to tie the score at 40-40. Madison D’Ambra then sunk a bucket for the Bengals, but Tatum Forbes was fouled and sent to the line with a chance to knot the score for SRA. She missed her first shot, but hit her second to trim Bay View’s lead to 42-41.

From that point, the game went down to free throws and the Bengals stayed one step ahead of the Saints. With 9.3 seconds to play, Monet Gailloux helped pull the Saints to within a point again, 45-44, but the Bengals were fouled two more times and hit all four of their free throws to end the game.

“Ultimately, I saw a lot of good things,” Drape said. “I thought Kaylee Mulligan came in and did a nice job and got some big rebounds. We still have all the pieces; we’re just trying to fit them all together.”

The leading scorer was Bay View’s Antonia Corsinetti, who, as she did in the win over the Saints in the R.I. Holiday Classic, scored a game-high 20 points. The Saints had opened the game with an 8-0 lead, but Corsinetti sank two three-pointers and a jumper to help give the Bengals a 12-10 lead.

“You have to give a ‘hat’s off’ to Corsinetti,” Drape added. “She destroys me every time we play (Bay View). I know the family so well. She’s so good, and I thought she hurt us the most.”

Dowdy led the Saints in scoring with 14 points, while Bruno had eight, O’Brien added seven, and Gailloux tossed in six.

Dowdy, Bruno, Forbes, Mulligan, and Tatyana Vicente are all freshmen who have seen plenty of playing time this season, and there are only two seniors on the roster.

“(This team) is so young, but when you get a group like this one, they’re just great kids and great athletes,” said Drape. “They want to work.”

On Monday night, the Saints came back to post a 46-43 victory on the road over Cranston West, and that win improved their league record to 2-3 and evened their overall mark at 4-4. The Saints, who held a 24-18 lead at halftime, were led offensively by Bruno’s 15 points, Dowdy’s 10, and O’Brien’s eight.

The Saints will host Cumberland, which is winless in D-I play, tonight at 7 p.m. and visit defending two-time state champion La Salle on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

St. Raphael Academy’s Amaya Dowdy, right, drives to the basket as Bay View Academy’s Lily Albert tries to defend her during last Wednesday’s game. Dowdy scored a team-high 14 points.